2022 ICD-10-CM Code B96.81

Helicobacter pylori [H. pylori] as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere

Version 2021

Valid for Submission

ICD-10:B96.81
Short Description:Helicobacter pylori as the cause of diseases classd elswhr
Long Description:Helicobacter pylori [H. pylori] as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere

Code Classification

  • Certain infectious and parasitic diseases (A00–B99)
    • Bacterial and viral infectious agents (B95-B97)
      • Oth bacterial agents as the cause of diseases classd elswhr (B96)

B96.81 is a billable diagnosis code used to specify a medical diagnosis of helicobacter pylori [h. pylori] as the cause of diseases classified elsewhere. The code B96.81 is valid during the fiscal year 2022 from October 01, 2021 through September 30, 2022 for the submission of HIPAA-covered transactions.

The ICD-10-CM code B96.81 might also be used to specify conditions or terms like anastomotic ulcer of stomach caused by helicobacter pylori, colitis caused by bacterium, duodenal ulcer caused by bacterium, duodenal ulcer caused by drug, duodenal ulcer caused by helicobacter pylori , duodenal ulcer caused by helicobacter pylori and non-steroidal anti-inflammatory agent, etc.

The code B96.81 describes a circumstance which influences the patient's health status but not a current illness or injury. The code is unacceptable as a principal diagnosis.

Index to Diseases and Injuries

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Code Edits

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Approximate Synonyms

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Information for Patients


Helicobacter Pylori Infections

Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) is a type of bacteria that causes infection in the stomach. It is the main cause of peptic ulcers, and it can also cause gastritis and stomach cancer.

About 30 to 40% of people in the United States get an H. pylori infection. Most people get it as a child. H. pylori usually does not cause symptoms. But it can break down the inner protective coating in some people's stomachs and cause inflammation. This can lead to gastritis or a peptic ulcer.

Researchers aren't sure how H. pylori spreads. They think that it may spread by unclean food and water, or through contact with an infected person's saliva and other body fluids.

A peptic ulcer causes a dull or burning pain in your stomach, especially when you have an empty stomach. It lasts for minutes to hours, and it may come and go for several days or weeks. It may also cause other symptoms, such as bloating, nausea, and weight loss. If you have the symptoms of a peptic ulcer, your health care provider will check to see whether you have H. pylori. There are blood, breath, and stool tests to check for H. pylori. In some cases, you may need an upper endoscopy, often with a biopsy.

If you do have a peptic ulcer, the treatment is with a combination of antibiotics and acid-reducing medicines. You will need to be tested again after treatment to make sure the infection is gone.

There is no vaccine for H. pylori. Since H. pylori might spread through unclean food and water, you might be able to prevent it if you

NIH: National Institute of Diabetes and Digestive and Kidney Diseases


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Code History

  • FY 2021 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2020 through 9/30/2021
  • FY 2020 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2019 through 9/30/2020
  • FY 2019 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2018 through 9/30/2019
  • FY 2018 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2017 through 9/30/2018
  • FY 2017 - No Change, effective from 10/1/2016 through 9/30/2017
  • FY 2016 - New Code, effective from 10/1/2015 through 9/30/2016 (First year ICD-10-CM implemented into the HIPAA code set)